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December 7, 2011

The Passing of Bernie Powers FE&S FlashNews

Bernie Powers, the founder of B&G Restaurant Supply in Pittsfield, Mass., passed away Nov. 21. He was 65 years old.

Hooters Names New COO FE&S FlashNews

Hooters of America, LLC named Sam Rothschild chief operating officer.

Restaurant Takeout Creates Additional Revenue for Operators FE&S FlashNews

Takeout options are an increasingly important source of revenue for restaurant operators, with 57 percent of consumers’ surveyed saying they purchase takeout once a week or more, according to a new study released by Technomic, a Chicago-based market research firm.

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Kona Grill Names Rude VP of Development FE&S FlashNews

Kona Grill, Inc., an American grill and sushi bar, appointed Marci Rude to the position of vice president of development.

Willoughby to become VP of Marketing for Frymaster FE&S FlashNews

Steve Willoughby will become vice president of marketing for Frymaster effective January 1, 2012. An 18-plus year veteran of the foodservice industry, Willoughby most recently served as a senior product manager at The Delfield Company.

Tasti D-Lite Acquires Planet Smoothie FE&S FlashNews

Tasti D-Lite, a frozen dessert chain, announced the acquisition of Planet Smoothie, LLC, a franchise system with more than 100 units.

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Metz Culinary Management Acquires S&S Food Administrators FE&S FlashNews

Metz Culinary Management acquired S&S Food Administrators of Macon, Ga.

Restaurant Performance Index Held Steady in October FE&S FlashNews

The National Restaurant Association’s Restaurant Performance Index (RPI) — a monthly composite index that tracks the health of and outlook for the U.S. restaurant industry — stood at 100.0 in October, nearly unchanged from September’s level of 100.1. October’s steady level was the result of softer sales and customer traffic being offset by a more optimistic outlook among restaurant operators.

Beverage-Air Names New Manufacturer’s Rep FE&S FlashNews

Beverage-Air announced Walter Zebrowski Associates, an independent manufacturers’ rep firm, will be responsible for the company’s Northern California and Nevada (excluding Clark County) territories.

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Wendy’s to Consolidate World Headquarters FE&S FlashNews

The Wendy’s Company announced plans to consolidate its world headquarters in Dublin, Ohio.

D&W Fine Pack Seals Deal to Acquire CM Packaging Group FE&S FlashNews

D&W Fine Pack LLC, a foodservice packaging company, acquired CM Packaging Group of Lake Zurich, Ill., a manufacturer of rigid plastic thermoformed containers and aluminum containers servicing the restaurant market, among others.

Perkins & Marie Callender’s Emerges from Chapter 11 FE&S FlashNews

Perkins & Marie Callender’s completed its restructuring and emerged from Chapter 11 bankruptcy. The restructuring eliminated more than $200 million in debt.

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